Student Information - Hattiesburg

UPDATED: January 17, 2014

Steps for students to participate in the Commencement ceremony
Baccalaureate, master's, and specialist's candidates who have filed for degree must reserve a seat for Commencement. RSVP online. Doctoral students must contact the Graduate Reader.

Commencement Details

The Commencement program contains the DEGREE name for of all candidates who have applied for degree for the term for Hattiesburg and USM Gulf Coast.  All changes (addition, deletion, corrections, etc.) to the program must be made no later than March 21 for printing purposes.

In keeping with the spirit of academic traditions, both faculty and students will process into their seating in the coliseum. The university will continue the practice of calling individual candidates’ names as they cross the stage. Doctoral students will also be hooded individually on stage after their names are called.

Due to limited floor capacity and length of ceremony, we will have two separate ceremonies by colleges, and we expect approximately 600 candidates at each ceremony. Graduation is an elective event for degree candidates; therefore, out of respect for others, all candidates are expected to remain on the coliseum floor until the conclusion of the ceremony.  Any action that is deemed disrespectful or disruptive will result in the candidate’s diploma being held for disciplinary reasons.

Dress Code
Commencement is a formal celebration.  We encourage candidates to take this into consideration in regards to wardrobe.  Comfortable shoes are STRONGLY encouraged since candidates will be walking long distances, standing for long periods of time, and utilizing steps and a steep incline in the tunnel.  Please choose appropriate footwear.

Graduation Speaker
The Commencement Address for the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Parking
All university parking lots, unless otherwise marked, will be open to the public on the day of Commencement. Participants should review the traffic flow details for changes after each commencement listed under Maps and Parking. See the Graduation Parking map (PDF) detailing available parking areas on campus.

Webcast
The Commencement ceremonies will be Webcast live via the USM Web site. Southern Miss videos of commencement are available for viewing at a later time via the Southern Miss YouTube channel.

Check-in Time and Location

Students should check in at the appropriate location and time listed below. Baccalaureate participants will be grouped and seated by colleges. Master's, specialist's and doctoral participants will be grouped and seated by degree. Students arriving after the processional line is finalized (15 minutes prior to each ceremony) will be added to the end of the processional line and may not be grouped and seated in the appropriate area in the coliseum.

10:00 a.m. Ceremony – Colleges of Business, Health & Education & Psychology

Students

Location

Check-in

Baccalaureate candidates

Payne Center Gym

9:00 – 9:15 am

Specialist's and master’s candidates

J. B. George Speech and Hearing Sciences building – room 102

9:00 – 9:15 am

Doctoral students

J. B. George Speech and Hearing Sciences building – room 102

8:45 am

 

 2:30 p.m. Ceremony – Colleges of Arts & Letters, Nursing, Science & Technology

Students

Location

Check-in

Baccalaureate candidates

Payne Center Gym

1:30 – 1:45 pm

Specialist's and master’s candidates

J. B. George Speech and Hearing Sciences building – room 102

1:30 – 1:45 pm

Doctoral students

J. B. George Speech and Hearing Sciences building – room 102

1:15 pm

 

 Items Needed at Check-in
Candidates should check in with their caps, gowns and name cards. Candidates are not allowed to have purses, cameras, etc., because no storage area is available at the check-in area, in the Payne Center, or in the coliseum. 

Processional & Recessional (Processional-PDF), (Recessional-PDF)
To begin the Hattiesburg ceremonies, doctoral candidates followed by specialist's and master's candidates will lead the baccalaureate candidates in a processional through the east and west tunnels. Afterward, the students and guests will be asked to stand for the platform and faculty processional.

At the conclusion of the Hattiesburg ceremonies, the platform party and the faculty will lead the students in a recessional exiting through the east and west tunnels directing them to the Payne Center.  Guests are invited to meet their candidates in the Payne Center where photography areas will be staged with the college banners.

Impact of Weather
In the event of rain, umbrellas can be used to walk from the check-in to the coliseum and left in the tunnel until the recessional. If weather is severe enough (heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornado watch/warning) to necessitate a delay in the start of the ceremony, instructions will be announced on-site to students and guests. If the forecast indicates no change in the severity of the weather, cancellation of the ceremony will be announced.

If the ceremony is underway but is interrupted by severe weather, students and guests should follow instructions as announced. It is advised that you prearrange a meeting place with your family and guests in case the ceremony is canceled. Instructions and updates will be provided via the USM Web site and through local media outlets.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities or Special Needs
Special parking lots will be reserved for persons with disabilities or special needs that meet ADA guideline. See Disability Access for complete details.

Commencement Photo
A commencement photographer from Candid Campus Photography will be available to take photos of the candidates after they cross the stage and receive their diploma covers. The commencement photographer can be contacted at 800.233.3686. Students may choose to have their photos made in advance of the ceremony through Southern Miss Photo Services. Call 601.266.4149 to set up an appointment in Hattiesburg.